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Caroline Orr @RVAwonk
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One of the key questions investigators have been trying to answer is whether Russian operatives had help from the Trump campaign when deciding where to target during their 2016 influence operation.

Manafort's court filing may have answered that question.
shareblue.com/manafort-court…
Russian Facebook ads specifically targeted battleground states including Wisconsin & Michigan. Trump won both states by less than a 1% margin. Michigan was the closest race in the country, with Trump edging out Clinton by less than 11,000 votes out of 4.8 million ballots cast. 1/
Also: The Trump campaign relied heavily on highly targeted Facebook content to reach its desired audience, and it has been reported that the campaign suddenly shifted resources to Rust Belt states like Michigan, Wisconsin, & Pennsylvania in the final weeks of the campaign. 2/
Paul Manafort appears to have played an important role in the Trump campaign's last-minute decision to shift resources to Michigan and Wisconsin.

The key question here is, did the campaign amplify its efforts with the help of foreign operatives? 3/

CNN reported in Oct. 2017 that Russian Facebook ads were "highly sophisticated in their targeting of key demographic groups in areas of the states that turned out to be pivotal."

You need data for that. The kind of data that Manafort allegedly shared. 4/
cnn.com/2017/10/03/pol…
Why would Paul Manafort share sensitive polling data with Konstantin Kilimnik -- a man who has been ID'd by Mueller as an operative with active ties to a "Russian intelligence service" -- if he wasn't looking for that data to be used? What other possible reason is there? 5/
So just to sum things up:
1) As campaign chairman, Paul Manafort met with and shared sensitive polling data with Russian operative Konstantin Kilimnik.
2) Manafort & Kilimnik then discussed a "Ukrainian peace plan."
3) Manafort then lied about it.
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